Friday on our weekly roundtable: Syria goes beyond boiling point. A fierce battle is underway for one of Syria's major cities amid reports of more covert support for the rebels coming from the US and other allies. Kofi Annan resigned as UN special envoy on Syria saying neither side of the conflict is interested in a peaceful solution. Meanwhile, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta following a trip on Wednesday to Israel denied that the US had plans for joint US/Israel attack on Iran.
And Mitt Romney also took a trip to Israel, and to the UK and to Poland. Was the trip a mistake? It has become known as a gaffathon. How will Romney's foray into the international arena impact his image here in the US? Were those really gaffs or was he yet again playing to his conservative base?
President Obama gets a bump in swing states, he said it was a great birthday present. But is it meaningful at this stage in the election campaign? And back in Romneyville, Mitt is telling Senator Harry Reid to put up or shut about Reid's claims that Mitt has not paid taxes in 10 years. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney promises that if elected he will create 12 million jobs in four years, leaving one to wonder if he is planning on a large hire in his billion dollar empire.
Panelists are: Jackie Goldberg, Tom Hayden, Dr. Gerald Horne.